The Green Isle All-Stars played one game and made history in the process as the first ever Irish American Football team featuring home-grown players to play an American Football Team from the United States of America.
On November 29th 1986 the All-Stars, made up of players from the Dublin Celts, Belfast Blitzers, Craigavon Cowboys, Belfast Giants, Bangor Buccaneers and Dublin Tornadoes held Eastern Football League Champions the Marlboro Shamrocks from Massachusetts to a 0-36 scoreline in the stiffest test yet faced for the fledgling league, having just finished its first ever season.
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Green Isle All-Stars 1986
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Green Isle All-Stars vs Marlboro Shamrocks (Mass)
Green Isle All-Stars 1986
|#||Player||Team||Position||TD||FG||Safety||PAT||2XP||Comp||Att||Rush Yds||Rec||Rec Yds||Int||Lng||Fum||Lost|
|Martin Murphy||Dublin Celts||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|39||Mark Harris||Belfast Blitzers||Cornerback||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|70||Chris Millar||Belfast Blitzers||Offensive guard||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
 Anon. (1986) “American Football comes to Dublin” Irish Press. Wednesday, November 12, 1986. Pg. 11. [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]
 Anon. (1986) “Today’s sport” Irish Press. Wednesday, Friday, November 28, 1986. pg. 22 [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]
 Anon. (1986) “Marlboro on the march” Irish Press. Wednesday, Friday, November 28, 1986. pg. 17 [Past Copies of the Irish Press are available to view online at: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ ]
 Sean Moloney (1986) “Shamrocks from USA are playing to win” Evening Herald. Saturday, November 29, 1986. pg. 6.
 Britball Now (2016) History of the Game in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/history-index/ireland/history-of-the-game-in.html [Accessed 02 October 2016]
 Britball Now (2008) UK Clubs Against Foreign Opposition [Internet] Available from: http://www.britballnow.co.uk/History/UKClubsForeignOppo.html [Accessed 16 November 2008]
 Semi-Pro Football (2017) Eastern Football League Champions [Internet] Available from: http://www.semiprofootball.org/minor/champs/eastfl.htm [Accessed 16 November 2017]
 Kevin Sharkey (2020) “The Dublin Celts” Word Document shared by John Gunning on Facebook Messenger with permission.
Thanks to Kevin Sharkey (Dublin Celts, Dublin Lightning and North Kildare Reapers)
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